Ok the barking dog problem around here is getting ridiculous. I've now counted at least 5 dogs that bark for a large majority of the day & one that barks during the night as well. Some of these belong to neighbours but some live in houses that are behind ours & I'm not 100% sure which yard they are in.
I can't do 5-6 noise diaries!! I don't have time for that. I have a baby due this week! And Council won't take any action unless I do noise diaries.
I'm reluctant to approach people about their dogs as I don't want to start WW3 with the neighbours we get along with & I'm anxious about approaching strangers (my dad almost got punched in the head doing that).
So will my baby be able to sleep through it?
And how can I learn to sleep through it? Unfortunately the dogs basically surround us so I can't even move to another room in the house. Some of them are big dogs so it's pretty loud - closing the windows & having a fan on doesn't work. I've also tried sleeping with a radio on but that doesn't work either. Obviously I can't wear earplugs when I have a baby.
At this point I can barely sleep at all during the day as if it's not one dog, its another (or all of them). I'm concerned how I'm going to look after a newborn if I'm not able to get any sleep during the day.
The thing that peeves me off the most is that some of the owners are home at the time & choose to just let their dog disrupt everyone else all day. Also, I've previously dobbed in one of the dogs behind us (the one that barks during the night) to Council before & the day I made the complaint the dog went silent for the next 3 months - therefore they know how to keep it quiet, they just can't be bothered!
How can I deal with this without starting a neighbourhood war, or without spending every day filling out 5 noise diaries, which will be completely impossible with a baby to look after?